Black ice forces Eiffel Tower shut down

4th March 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, March 4 (AFP) - The Eiffel Tower was due to remain closed to visitors Friday morning after bitterly cold weather in France left the monument with black ice on its metal floors, a spokesman said.

PARIS, March 4 (AFP) - The Eiffel Tower was due to remain closed to visitors Friday morning after bitterly cold weather in France left the monument with black ice on its metal floors, a spokesman said.

It was the second day in a row that one of Paris' most visited monuments kept its doors shut to ensure visitor safety.

Officials said they could neither use salt, which would corrode the iron structure, nor sand, which would disrupt the elevators, to prevent ice from covering the monument. Attempts to sweep off the layers of snow have failed to prevent the formation of a layer of black ice.

The tower, which was closed to visitors for several days due to bad weather in 1986, could be reopened at very short notice if the weather improves.

The gourmet restaurant housed in the tower has remained open.

© AFP

Subject: French News

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